Maggie Gray, Family and Couple Therapist
I am a fully qualified Systemic Family Psychotherapist and Couple therapist now working independently. My working life started in teaching and education working with with young people with social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties. Later my experiences have been in working with individuals, families (in their various combinations) including fostered and adopted children; and couples, for whom life is presenting real challenges. I am also a Emotionally Focused CoupleTherapist registered with ICEEFT
What is family and couple therapy?
It is a way of looking at difficulties and issues that happen in life and in relationships. These difficulties can include anxiety, loss, separation, marital, trauma, behavioural, abuse and health. It is not about blame but about exploring and considering the feelings, connections and patterns of communications in relationships that may be relevant to the reasons that bring you to think about therapy.
What can I offer?
There are times in life when we cannot manage these periods on our own and we need some additional intervention and support. I believe that much is possible when we can develop a trusting, honest and open therapeutic relationship. I offer a commitment to thinking with you, sharing ideas, offering suggestions all with hope for positive change and better outcomes. I regard every person I see as having their own unique history of relationships and experiences.
How I work
I would suggest an initial telephone conversation to make sure that I am the right person for you and your situation. We would then set up a initial session to explore the difficulties and what you hope to gain from our work together. From that we can work out how often it would be useful to meet. Some people find weekly or fortnightly right for them. I do try to be flexible to fit in with people's lives. My sessions are an hour long and take place in a large room in my home. I am a good listener but also like to use some creative ways to express ideas when it feels right.
My sessions are an hour long and take place in a large room in my home. I do have two friendly small dogs (they will not join us! ) but if you suffer from dog allergies I may not be the right person for you!
Training, qualifications & experience
M.Sc in Systemic Family Psychtherapy
Diploma in Integrated Supervision
BA (Hons) in Contemporary Studies
PGCE in Secondary Teaching
Training in attachment issues and trauma
Over 25 years working for Hertfordshire County Council. Roles have included teaching; behavioural support in schools; advisory support for Children in Care; support and intervention for adolescents, families and foster carers. Independent practice with families and couples.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
£45 for individuals per hour
£65 for couples and 'family' groups per hour
I work from a large room in my home and that offers a comfortable and relaxed environment.
There is convenient car parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client